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FINAL American Legion baseball statistics for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties

American Legion 2021 statistical leaders Note: Statistics provided by area coaches and/or statisticians. Batting average (minimum: 30 at-bats) Cole Irby, Cherryville (26-54) .481 Samuel Duncan, Cherryville (16-36) .444 Will Heavner, Cherryville (28-67) .418 Zach Wilson, Cherryville (41-101) .416 Caleb Burr, G-Braves (25-65) .385 Ryan Emery, Cleveland (21-55) .382 Luke Reynolds, Cleveland (18-51) .353 Joseph Webb, […]

7-8-21 roundup: College baskeball and cross country, Legion baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker A major college basketball tournament will be held at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center with ties to the current ownership tenant of the building and his alma mater. The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced on Thursday a three-year agreement with Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Oklahoma to plau men’s and women’s basketball tournaments called the […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 8)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 8) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/3-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/3-1 Queen City 5-4 5-4/3-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-3 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-3 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 7)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 7) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/3-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/3-1 Queen City 5-4 5-4/3-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-2 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-3 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

7-7-21 roundup: Legion baseball, High school track, Pro baseball and basketball

By Richard Walker A Wednesday rainstorm turned the Gaston Braves N.C. Area IV American Legion baseball playoff game into a Thursday morning series-clincher at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls. In a game that didn’t finish until 12:15 a.m. on Thursday, the Braves won 9-8 to take their best-of-five series three games to one over […]

7-6-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball, basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte FC Major League Soccer expansion team now has its first coach, according to The Athletic and Associated Press. The franchise, which begins play in 2022, will hire 36-year-old Miguel Angel Ramirez. Ramirez will join Charlotte FC after coaching the Brazilian club Porto Alegre International to an 11-7-4 record to start […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 6)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 6) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/3-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/2-1 Queen City 5-4 5-4/3-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-2 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-2 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

7-5-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker The Gaston Braves moved within one victory of a North Carolina Area IV first round playoff victory over Caldwell County on Monday night with a 7-6 win at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls. The Braves (8-6) can advance into a quarterfinal series with one more win in the best-of-five series. The […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 5)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 5) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/2-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/2-0 Queen City 5-4 5-4/2-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/1-1 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-1 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

7-4-21 roundup: High school baseball, Legion baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker N.C. High School Athletic Association Region 6 came away as the baseball champion of the 2021 State Games on Saturday. The team, whose head caoch was Burns’ Alex Leonhardt with assistant coaches John Markley of West Lincoln, Windell Robertson of Cox Mill and Terry Tucker of South Stanly, had a 20-player roster […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 4)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 4) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill Post 555 8-2 8-2/1-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/1-0 Queen City 5-4 5-4/0-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/0-1 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/1-0 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs […]

2021 N.C. Area IV playoffs begin: Cleveland County, Cherryville Mint HIll are top-seeded teams

By Richard Walker Cleveland County, Cherryville and Mint Hill are the top-seeded teams as the North Carolina Area IV playoffs begin on Sunday. Cleveland County and Cherryville shared the Western Division title with 10-4 divisional records and Mint Hill took the Eastern Division title with an 8-2 record. A late start to the season caused […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 3)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 3) Eastern Division Division Overall/Playoffs Mint Hill 8-2 8-2/0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6/0-0 Queen City 5-4 5-4/0-0 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5/0-0 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3/DNP Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8/0-0 Western Division Division Overall/Playoffs Cleveland County […]

7-3-21 roundup: Pro baseball, Legion baseball, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker Blake Lalli, Gardner-Webb University’s first major league baseball player, is making a name for himself as a minor league manager. Lalli got another honor on Thursday when he was named the National League team’s bench coach for the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 11 at 3 p.m. ET on the […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 2)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 2) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 8-2 8-2 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6 Queen City 5-4 5-4 Pineville Post 337 4-5 4-5 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3 Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County Post […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru July 1)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru July 1) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 8-2 8-2 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6 Queen City 4-4 4-4 Pineville Post 337 4-4 4-4 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3 Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-30-21 roundup: Pro baseball, Little League baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville and Cleveland County ended their North Carolina Area IV regular seasons by finishing tied atop Western Division standings with 10-4 records Wednesday’s games. Cherryville knocked off Burke County 3-1 as Noah Huss threw a four-hitter with six strikeouts and Zach Wilson (triple), Colin Robinson (double), Zane Brockman (one hit, one RBI) […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru June 30)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 30) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 8-2 8-2 Lincoln County Post 455 4-2 4-2 Gaston Post 144-266 6-6 6-6 Queen City 4-4 4-4 Pineville Post 337 4-4 4-4 Union County Post 535 1-3 1-3 Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-29-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College baseball and basketball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Lincoln County American Legion Post 455 exploded for 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 13-3, mercy-rule-shortened 5-inning win over visiting Gastonia to move into first place of the Eastern Division of N.C. Area IV. The Cardinals (4-1) trailed 2-1 before their late surge as starter Ben Carpenter […]

N.C. Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 29)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 29) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 4-1 4-1 Mint Hill 7-2 7-2 Gaston Post 144-266 5-5 5-5 Queen City 4-4 4-4 Pineville Post 337 4-4 4-4 Gastonia Post 23 2-8 2-8 Union County Post 535 0-2 0-2 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

N.C. Area IV Legion baseball update (thru June 28)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 28) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 6-2 6-2 Lincoln County Post 455 3-1 3-1 Gaston Post 144-266 5-4 5-4 Queen City 4-3 4-3 Pineville Post 337 3-4 3-4 Gastonia Post 23 2-7 2-7 Union County Post 535 0-2 0-2 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-27-21 roundup: Prep wrestling and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Five local wrestlers advanced to championship matches in the N.C. High School Athletic Association, with two taking home state titles. Crest’s Rex Howard won the Class 3A 138-pound weight class by major decision over West Carteret’s Jacob Bennett. And Cramer’s Zack Karagias won the Class 3A 145-pound weight class by fall over […]

N.C. Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 27)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 27) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 3-1 3-1 Mint Hill 5-2 5-2 Gaston Post 144-266 5-3 5-3 Queen City 4-3 4-3 Pineville Post 337 2-4 2-4 Gastonia Post 23 2-7 2-7 Union County Post 535 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-26-21 roundup: Prep track and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker North Lincoln’s boys and girls won N.C. 2A track championships Saturday and Ashbrook freshman Camryn Massey set a state record in the 2021 championships held at the North Carolina A&T track complex. North Lincoln’s girls were led by MVP Angie Allen, who won three individual titles as the Knights racked up 69 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 26)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 26) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 3-1 3-1 Mint Hill 4-2 4-2 Gaston Post 144-266 4-3 4-3 Queen City 4-3 4-3 Pineville Post 337 2-3 2-3 Gastonia Post 23 2-6 2-6 Union County Post 535 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

6-25-21 roundup: Prep track and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter’s boys track team won the school’s first team state championship on Friday and Highland Tech’s Lauren Tolbert was the most valuable girls performer in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A championships at the North Carolina A&T track and field complex. The Raptors runners dominated the meet as […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 25)

  American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 25) Eastern Division Division Overall Mint Hill 3-1 3-1 Gaston Post 144-266 4-2 4-2 Lincoln County Post 455 2-1 2-1 Queen City 3-3 3-3 Pineville Post 337 2-3 2-3 Gastonia Post 23 1-5 1-5 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 24)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 24) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 4-1 4-1 Mint Hill 2-1 2-1 Queen City 3-2 3-2 Lincoln County Post 455 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-3 1-3 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-3 0-3 Western Division Division Overall Burke County Post […]

6-23-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Prep baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 swept visiting Asheville 4-2 and 2-0 on Wednesday night to improve to 5-1 in N.C. Area IV and 6-2 overall entering another huge home doubleheader on Thursday. Cherryville will host nearby rival Cleveland County Post 82-155 (3-0, 3-0) in a 5 p.m. doubleheader with first place in […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 23)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 23) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 4-1 4-1 Mint Hill 2-1 2-1 Queen City 3-2 3-2 Lincoln County Post 455 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-3 1-3 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-3 0-3 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County Post […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 22)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 22) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 2-1 2-1 Mint Hill 2-1 2-1 Queen City 2-2 2-2 Lincoln County Post 455 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-2 1-2 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County Post […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 21)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 21) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 2-1 2-1 Mint Hill 2-1 2-1 Queen City 2-2 2-2 Lincoln County Post 455 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-2 1-2 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Cleveland County Post […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 20)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 20) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 1-0 1-0 Queen City 2-1 2-1 Gaston Post 144-266 1-1 1-1 Mint Hill 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-2 1-2 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

6-19-21 roundup: Prep baseball and track, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter continues its history-setting high school baseball season after the Raptors advanced to the Western N.C. 1A championship with 4-3 win over visiting Lincoln Charter on Saturday. The Raptors (13-2), who had one playoff victory in school history entering this season, have won three postseason games and will seek a […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 19)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 19) Eastern Division Division Overall Lincoln County Post 455 1-0 1-0 Queen City 2-1 2-1 Gaston Post 144-266 1-1 1-1 Mint Hill 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-2 1-2 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

6-18-21 roundup: Prep baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker After winning its third straight Big South 3A Conference baseball title, Crest took two of the top honors in postseason voting done by the league’s coaches. Crest senior pitcher and shortstop Ben Hodge was named the league’s player of the year after hitting .500 and going unbeaten (6-0) as a pitcher. And […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 18)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 18) Eastern Division Division Overall Queen City 2-1 2-1 Gaston Post 144-266 1-1 1-1 Gastonia Post 23 1-1 1-1 Mint Hill 1-1 1-1 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 16)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 16) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 1-0 1-0 Queen City 2-1 2-1 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Mint Hill 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 15)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 15) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 1-0 1-0 Queen City 1-1 1-1 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 14)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 14) Eastern Division Division Overall Queen City 1-0 1-0 Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 […]

6-13-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College track and baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100’s Jerry Hudson was inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Raleigh during the annual North Carolina American Legion convention. Hudson, currently the N.C. Area IV commissioner, also is a longtime Cherryville Post 100 athletic officer. Hudson was inducted with Rowan […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 13)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings Eastern Division Division Overall Queen City 1-0 1-0 Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 1-0 1-0 Asheville […]

6-12-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Wingate University completed its comeback run through the NCAA Division II World Series to finish as 2021 baseball national champions. And former Crest standout Logan McNeely was named tournament most valuable player after helping the Bulldogs beat Central Missouri 5-3 in Saturday’s championship game at the USA National Training Complex in Cary. […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (through June 12)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Queen City 0-0 0-0 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 0-0 0-0 Burke County Post 21 0-0 0-0 Caldwell […]

6-11-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball

By Richard Walker Wingate wasn’t just satisfied with making its first NCAA Division II World Series. The Bulldogs’ fourth straight win at the event at the USA National Training Complex in Cary – an 8-7, 11-inning thriller over Angelo State – will give the school the chance to play for a national championship on Saturday. […]

Thursday’s roundup: High school football, baseball, soccer, softball and wrestling, College baseball, football, soccer and cross country

By Richard Walker Two local coaches and nine players have been invited to participate in the North Carolina Coaches’ Association East-West All-Star football game this summer. The contest, which began in 1949, will be held on July 21 at Greensboro Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium this summer after the coronavirus cancelled the 2020 event. Local coaches for […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Pro baseball, College baseball, football and soccer, High school soccer, softball and baseball

By Richard Walker Former Burns High and Cherryville Legion Post 100 standout Christopher Proctor is one step away from the major leagues after being promoted to Class AAA Toledo on Wednesday. Proctor, a 2015 Burns High graduate, had been playing for the West Michigan Whitecaps of the High Class A Central League where he was […]

Tuesday’s roundup: College baseball, football and soccer, High school soccer, softball, golf, baseball and track, Middle schools

By Richard Walker West Lincoln High School won its first state title in girls golf behind balance as the Rebels beat Pine Lake Prep by a 10-shot margin in the Class 1A/2A state championships played at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday. Other state champions were Freedom in Class 3A and Pfafftown Reagan in 4A. Leah […]

Gastonia has a long, successful Legion baseball history and it’s last state finals team added “Comeback Kids” to that story

By Richard Walker In the early days of American Legion baseball in North Carolina, Gastonia Post 23 was the program by which all others were measured. After all, Gastonia advanced to the state championship series 11 times from 1930 to 1956. The last time Post 23 advanced that far came in 1972 when a group […]

Cherryville to host 2021 N.C. Legion state tournament and N.C. Area IV will have 16 teams this summer

By Richard Walker North Carolina American Legion baseball has long been big in the area and 2021 will be no different as top Legion officials make preparations for the new season after the coronavirus pandemic cancelled all games and tournaments in 2020. The pandemic did cause a shift of plans for the N.C. American Legion […]

Honey Hunters sign former North Gaston, N.C. State, major league pitching standout

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters have signed their first player for the upcoming season. And it’s a player with a local background. Former North Gaston High standout Jake Buchanan signed with team according to the team’s @gohoneyhunters twitter account release on Thursday morning. A 2007 North Gaston High graduate, Buchanan was also a […]

George Wilson: Set area record for minor league service in addition to major league and overseas career that includes World Series title

By Richard Walker George Wilson may have had the most unique professional baseball career of anybody in the area. A 1942 Cherryville High graduate who played for Gastonia’s Post 23 1941 American Legion state championship team, Wilson set a local record for years of minor league service, won a major league World Series for the […]

Elmore Hill was a pioneer in Gastonia and a minor league baseball star who made it to the majors as a hitting instructor

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Elmore “Moe” Hill has been voted the greatest player in one of the country’s oldest professional baseball leagues. He’s also been considered one of the best hitting instructors in the sport. At home, he’s considered a pioneer as he and teammate Willie Gillispie became the first African-American to play American Legion […]

N.C. state American Legion baseball tournament didn’t start until 2000 but it’s had lots of history and future MLB stars

By Richard Walker The N.C. American Legion state tournament only began in 2000 but has seen all sorts of drama, history and spectacular performances. That includes a 2006 state final featuring two future major leaguers – Morehead City’s Lonnie Chisenhall and Caldwell County’s Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner would later turn in one of the best pitching […]

Bessemer City Post 243: Program’s best days came in late 1980s after it combined with Kings Mountain

By Richard Walker Bessemer City American Legion Post 243 fielded 27 teams from 1946 to 1996. Due to one of the smallest areas from which to draw its players, it suffered through predictable struggles. But Post 243 did enjoy success in two seasons in the late 1980s when it paired championship-winning Bessemer City High players […]

Baseball revolutionary: Stanley’s Ted Abernathy became one of the major leagues’ first “relief aces”

By Richard Walker Anyone who watches baseball these days knows that relief pitching is a key part to the game. It wasn’t that way in the 1960s until Stanley’s Ted Abernathy unwittingly became a baseball revolutionary by being one of the first players to perfect the art of relief pitching. A 1951 Stanley High graduate, […]

How big is American Legion baseball in our area? Cleveland and Gaston counties have hosted 33 Legion national tournaments

By Richard Walker As anyone who lives in the area knows, American Legion baseball has made its World Series home in Shelby. But even before Shelby became the permanent host to Legion’s signature event, this region has been a frequent host to national tournaments – and that started 90 years ago in Gastonia. Gastonia became […]

N.C. Legion state tournament will be coming to Cleveland County in 2021

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High School’s Lancaster Field is set to become a first-time host of the North Carolina American Legion championship tournament The facility was granted the 2020 tournament before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled all Legion tournaments locally, regionally and nationally. And the 2021 event is based on COVID-19 conditions and has to […]

In 2021, Gastonia will add to a rich pro baseball history that includes 131 future or former major leaguers and 3 eventual Hall of Famers

By Richard Walker When Gastonia begins its first Atlantic Coast League baseball season in May it’ll be a back to the future moment for the city that hasn’t been home to a professional baseball team since 1995. Gastonia professional teams have had 131 future or former major leaguers, including National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees […]

Remembering when Sims Legion Park was the hottest ticket in town as Gastonia Post 23 nearly won a second ALWS

By Richard Walker Ten teams have won more than one American Legion World Series. Gastonia was painfully close to making it 11 in 1954 in what has proved to be the last year Post 23 won a state title. It came during a summer when fans packed Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park night after night – […]